You may feel like your online activities and personal information are being watched by big companies. VPNs can protect you from hackers and encrypt your data. Some situations may necessitate you to change VPN servers to maintain your protection.
If you don’t get the best performance from your server, if your site is restricted in another country, or if your data privacy is important, you should consider switching VPN servers. It is not necessary to switch VPN servers for privacy if the VPN provider has strong security measures and no-logs policies.
There are many reasons why you might want to change your VPN. However, these are the most popular. In this article, we’ll cover VPN server switching in greater detail, including how it works and reasons why you would (or would not) want to change servers.
What is VPN Server Shifting?
VPNs let you choose which server to use while you surf the internet. Even though you may be in the United States you can connect to a server that is located in Europe, Canada, or both. VPN server switching refers to the ability to switch between servers located in different locations.
But, why would you want to switch to different servers—especially those not in the same region as you—even though VPNs will continue to mask your IP address regardless of which server you use?
There are a few benefits to switching servers. We will discuss these in detail.
Can the same VPN server be used to decrease your privacy?
VPNs are built to protect your browsing information. Using the same VPN server while browsing the internet will not compromise your privacy. A VPN’s strict no-log policy and security is enough to hide all your online activity.
If you have to access the Internet, it is recommended that you switch your VPN server to one at a random location.
Do You Need to Switch Servers, Even If The Connection Is Good?
But what if you don’t have enough internet service on the server that you currently use? Could you still improve your connection’s performance by switching?
It is possible, but the speed differences won’t be sufficient to justify switching servers. Sometimes it can make your internet speeds slower.
You may also find that your local area has good internet access. You might consider connecting to a VPN server in your local area to speed up your internet speeds.
What are the best times to switch VPN servers?
Three reasons are the most common for users to switch VPN servers:
- Your current server does not provide the best Internet performance.
- Access blocked sites in other places is what you want.
- To protect your data, you will need to change your IP.
Internet Performance – Improved
If you run speed tests on your computer before and after connecting to a VPN, you’ll notice that the connections are often slower than those made without one.
This is because the process used to connect your device to the VPN server and then the Internet adds a few extra steps—specifically encrypting and connecting to a remote server—usually not required when you normally connect to the Internet.
Depending on which server you connect to, you may find that certain VPNs can actually increase your internet speed in some cases.
You will definitely want to switch VPN servers if you generally have poor internet service; connecting to a VPN server where the service is better could improve the connection’s performance, potentially resulting in faster download and upload speeds.
Unblock Sites and Content in Other Regions
Without a VPN, the sites you can visit online will depend on your IP address or your device’s location.
You can login to Netflix to stream a particular show that is only available in the US. You can also use VPN to connect to a server located in another country if the show is not available in the US.
VPNs can be used to allow you access websites that are not normally available in your region. For example, if there’s a specific streaming service you want to use to see foreign movies and shows that’s not available in the US, you could connect to a VPN server in a location that can access that platform.
Simply switching your VPN server can allow you to access any number of websites and content anywhere in the world.
Protect Your Data
Your IP address (internet protocol address) is the unique number that your device receives each time you connect to the Internet. This number is usually assigned by the internet service provider who provides access to their network.
Your IP address is used by websites and search engines to identify your device. This information can also be used to track and trace your online activity. This is also true for government special investigations as well as marketers.
However, when you use a VPN, your true IP address essentially becomes “hidden.” If marketers try to track your activity, they can only trace you back to the server you used, not your personal device or specific location.
This means that you can change the IP address that other people can see online if your VPN server is switched. This allows you to keep all your information private while browsing the internet.
There are other reasons to switch VPN servers
You may want to consider switching VPN servers for the following reasons:
- You want to escape bandwidth and data throttlingInternet service providers may limit how much data or bandwidth they allow you to use based on your location and data plan. This usually causes your internet speeds to slow down to make sure you don’t exceed your allowance. A VPN allows you to change servers to avoid this.
- You want to protect your online work. Switching VPN servers—especially on a work computer or at home performing work tasks on a personal device—allows you to keep files and other data private and secure without risking competitors or hackers from hacking and stealing that data.
- Take advantage of exclusive deals that are only available in certain locationsUsers may prefer to switch VPN servers in order to access sales that are only available in certain areas, such as airline tickets and hotel rooms.
VPNs allow you to connect to the Internet from your mobile device without worrying about privacy. Not only does it help in this regard, but it also speeds up internet speeds and allows you to access restricted content which isn’t available in your country.
Keep in mind, however, that how frequently you switch VPN servers can impact how effective the software is at protecting your online activities.